Mr Juan Carlos Riesco > Carey > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

SANTIAGO, PO 755-0647
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Work Department

Arbitration / Litigation / Public Law.


Parner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Litigation Group.


His practice is focused on civil and commercial litigation, antitrust and regulatory litigation, as well as national and international arbitration.

Recognized in Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500.
Recognized in Litigation and Arbitration, Latin Lawyer 250.
Recognized in Litigation, Best Lawyers.
Recognized in Benchmark Litigation Latin America.
Recognized in Dispute Resolution, Top Ranked Legal.

Co-author of the article “Comments on the Increasing Impact of Anti-Corruption rules in International Arbitration”, CAM Santiago (2019).
Co-author of the Chilean chapter in the Chambers Global Practice Guide: Litigation, Chambers and Partners (2019).


Spanish and English.


Foreign associate, International Arbitration practice, Arnold & Porter, Washington DC (2014).
Member of the panel of young arbitrators, Arbitration and Mediation Center, Santiago Chamber of Commerce.
Member of the Advisory Committee of the Chilean Institute of Procedural Law (2011).
Professor of Civil Procedure Reform Diploma, Universidad Católica de Chile (2011).
Professor of Civil Law, Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello (2009-2012).
Member of the Chilean Bar Association.


Law, Universidad Católica de Chile.
Degree on Modern Civil and Commercial Rules for Contracting, Universidad de Chile (2008).
LL.M., UC Berkeley (2013).
Degree on Administrative Litigation, Universidad Católica de Chile (2016).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Next Generation Partners)

Juan Carlos RiescoCarey

The largest law firm in Chile, full-service market stalwart Carey is widely respected for its participation in the country’s most significant and complex cases. The 25-strong practice group is co-led by four figures: Gonzalo Fernández, who is recognised as one of Chile’s top litigators; Aldo Molinari, who focuses on civil and commercial litigation along with administrative and environmental regulatory disputes; Ricardo Reveco, a specialist in insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings and construction disputes; and Juan Carlos Riesco, whose broad practice includes litigation, antitrust and regulatory litigation. Recent highlights include Fernández’s representation of major casino corporation Sun Dreams in three suits against the Chilean Gambling Regulator (Superintendencia de Casinos de Juego), regarding the renewal of casinos’ operational licenses in Chile. Notable support at associate level is provided by Roberto Villaseca and Mónica Pérez, who focus on civil and commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration

Full-service legal giant Carey fields a sizeable, 23-strong, arbitration practice that has extensive experience in national and international commercial and investment arbitrations; the ‘top-notch‘ team acts before a range of local and international institutions, such as CAM Santiago, ICC and ICSID, as well as under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules. The practice’s attorneys are also experienced in arbitrating disputes in the media, construction, energy, mining and pharmaceuticals sectors (among others). Appointed by the ICC as a member of the ICA in Paris for the 2018-2021 term, Gonzalo Fernández co-leads the practice with Aldo Molinari, who handles environmental disputes and commercial arbitration; Ricardo Reveco (insolvency, bankruptcy proceedings and construction disputes); and Juan Carlos Riesco, whose broad practice includes national and international arbitration. Key associate support comes from the experienced Roberto Villaseca and Mónica Pérez.

Chile > Public law

Fielding ‘top-level partners and the best associates‘, Carey‘s nine-member department assists with the full spectrum of administrative and constitutional law, regulated markets and litigation. Representative areas include constitutional rights, public procurement and public concessions, sanctioning procedures and regulatory compliance, along with state-owned companies’ regulation, and legislation and regulations enactment. The group also has extensive litigation experience before the ordinary Courts, Courts of Appeal, Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court, Expert Panels, the Public Procurement Court, the Transparency Council and the General Comptroller of the Republic. In keeping with the country’s constitutional renewal, August 2021 saw the firm hire administrative and constitutional specialist Patricio Zapata as new practice lead; the former head the Citizen Council of Observers of the constituent process convened by then President Bachelet, he handles both advisory and litigious matters in his areas of specialization. Zapata joins an impressive group of key partners comprising Ignacio Gillmore, who is experienced in administrative contracts, litigation and public tenders; litigation group head Gonzalo Fernández; and Juan Carlos Riesco (elected partner in 2018), who assists with public entity-led administrative sanctions proceedings, as well as consequential matters before the civil courts. Notable associates include Cindy Thorsen, who focuses on administrative, constitutional and regulatory law; and public law and regulation group members Sergio Cifuentes, Pedro Martinez and January 2020 arrival Carolina Baeza; however, Camilo Lledó departed in May 2021 to co-found his own firm. Since the conclusion of research, Thorsen has moved in house at Copec with effect from July 2021.